‘Sweden’s Atlantis’ at Bottom of Baltic Sea: 11,000-Year-Old Settlement Uncovered

    A file photo of the Baltic Sea off Sweden's coast. (Shutterstock*)

    A team of divers led by Södertörn University archaeology professor Björn Nilsson has uncovered artifacts from what could be the oldest known settlement in the region, dubbed by local publications last week as “Sweden’s Atlantis.”

    The 11,000-year-old objects at the bottom of the Baltic Sea have been preserved exceptionally well because of the gyttja sediment and lack of oxygen. Organic objects, not only stone objects, have been preserved at this rare site near Hanö, off the southern coast of Sweden.

    The Stone Age artifacts were left by nomads, and they could be the earliest evidence of a temporary settlement before the more permanent Nordic settlements were established.

    Nilsson described the artifacts as “world-class” and “one-of-a-kind,” in an interview with The Local.

    One of the most impressive finds, said Nilsson, was a harpoon carved of animal bone. At the site were also the bones of auroch, a cattle-like animal that became extinct in the 17th century.

    Archaeologists continue to excavate the site.

    Illustration of an auroch, an extinct cattle ancestor. (Pearson Scott Foresman/Wikimedia Commons)

    *Image of the Baltic Sea via Shutterstock


    • rg9rts

      Nice pics very informative

      • HeyJude

        Pretty cool, huh #2? :-) They find these sunken cities all over, always fascinating when they do. Did you ever see the stone platforms/step pyramid things off the coast of Japan? They are immense and about 60 feet under water.

        • rg9rts

          Like the Bimini road probably a natural formation

          • HeyJude

            Ahhh, no….you need to see the pictures of it, no way it is natural formation. Dukes up???

            • rg9rts

              Whinnnnnneeeeey

            • HeyJude

              Awwww our first fight! Is this how it started with 1& 2??? LMAO
              Google Yonaguni Pyramid….I’m determined to win this one. :-)

            • rg9rts

              5 degrees

            • HeyJude

              Yep, here too. But none of the snow and ice they said we’d get, so that’s good.

            • rg9rts

              Wednesday is going east of us too Jersey will get it .

            • HeyJude

              Joisey is sure having more than it’s share of troubles. :-( That Christie is a jinx.

            • rg9rts

              That is Hudson County politics at its finest. No one is surprised at anything he does or his staff. Like he didn’t know what was going on. Now the fed are involved and its a whole new ball of wax.

            • HeyJude

              Talk about your “sunken cities” eh? Go feds! OOps, the wolfgangers have to go out for perimeter doodie…..uhm, duty. If I don’t answer for a minute, I’m out on reconnaisance, ok #2? Gee I love calling you #2. :-)

            • rg9rts

              Had to test start the car MD’s appt in an hour

            • HeyJude

              Did it start? And routine MD I hope. :-) I am so lucky my dogs “go” on command, I was just out for a few minutes. Cold but not windy, so it’s bearable.

            • rg9rts

              Oh yeah 23 year old pontiac just blood work. Pincushion time.

            • rg9rts

              Watching a cheetah take a dump in the camera car of big cat diaries on animal planet. MINE says the spotted cat!

            • HeyJude

              I was just watching the largest creatures ever to be on earth. WOW, land of the giants we once were.

            • HeyJude

              Now I have to go muckymuck. The critters were looking at me dolefully when I had the dogs out….”are we next?” I promised them I’d be right there. See you later on today, I hope!

            • rg9rts

              I guess that makes you the high mucky muck

            • HeyJude

              I haven’t had any labs done in ages, and have no excuse. We draw blood at my business, and the lab picks it up at the door! Hope yours turns out well. :-)

            • rg9rts

              Usually does feel pretty for a old fart. Can’t wait for spring and torture on my bicycle

            • Richard M

              Since the pyramid’s construction would be beyond the abilities of our “modern” technology, the scientific community refuses to seriously look into the artificial creation of the pyramid.

              Hidebound ninnies locked into their myopic worldview.

            • HeyJude

              Agree 100% Richard. It is astounding the number of anomolies that are found that directly contradict our “conventional wisdom” and understanding of what happened in our past. Rather than embrace these and explore, the mainstream scientific community ignores, disputes and debunks anything that does not fit in the current models. I think it is a HUGE mistake.

              I am always hoping that in my lifetime, serious examination will be paid to all of these things. We have to be able to accept that we’ve gotten so much wrong, and quit clinging to ideas that don’t disturb or upset our balance. We know that the highly religious do not want to think anything different, but it is a disservice to everyone else that the scientific community has their own agendas for this, too.

              Another example: It has been determined by some (and disputed by others) that the sphinx was constructed thousands of years BEFORE the pyramids, they were not a concurrent undertaking. Throws quite a monkey wrench into explaining how such primitive people had those skills, so it is ignored or deemed “speculation.”

            • Richard M

              Excellent analogy, HJ.

              Just as Galileo was sentenced to prison (commuted to lifelong house arrest) by the church in 1633. The modern orthodox scientific oligarchy sentences any accused of heresy, to lifelong exile, excommunication, and ridicule for daring to question their hidebound, set in stone opinions.


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